How To Make Traditional Sweet Boondi

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Sweet Boondi

Traditional  Sweet Dish Boondi

Boondi  has a special imprint on each of  us, specially the immigrants from  India. This dessert is present in all the famous celebrations.

For me it reminds me of our pilgrimage site Palitana, India. After a three hour of hike on a mountain (we are not suppose to eat while on hike) when we come back we were served  warm Boondi and Sev (crispy noodles ).  No need to say that was  Amazingly tasty treat!  Here Today I am going to try to replicate that authentic taste. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe Jaya! 

Palitana Mountain

Palitana Mountain

Step by step guide to Make Boondi : Serves 6

Vegan, Gluten free, Jain

Ingredients

  • 2 cup besan /chick pea flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cup vegetable shortening or ghee for frying
  • 1/2 cup cashews or slivered almond
  • 1/2 cup raisins

For syrup

  • 2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • yellow food color optional
  • Few strands of saffron
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder

Utensils needed

  • Perforated sieve
  • Deep spoon
  • Frying Pan
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Ingredients for Boondi

For Boondi deep spoon and perforated sieve is needed.

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Sieve and deep spoon

How to Make Boondi

1. Combine besan/chick pea flour and water as needed in a bowl. Beat for two to three minutes till  the batter becomes light and smooth.

2. Heat ghee or vegetable shortening in a deep frying pan. Hold a sieve four inch above the oil. Pour with deep spoon batter into the strainer. The batter will fall into the oil in the form of fine drops of boondi. Fry for one minutes till boondi turns golden brown. Repeat the steps with remaining batter.

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Frying boondi

3. In a pan add sugar , water, few strands of saffron, cardamon powder and cashews, raisins.

4. Cook for five minutes till sugar dissolves  and becomes thick syrup.

5. Add boondi in the pan and keep stirring till cools down.

6. Garnish and serve. YUM!

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Sweet Boondi

Bonus Tips:

  • For variations green and red color can be added to batter. The pearls of boondi will  be more decorative and presentable.
  • For salty variations instead of syrup salt, red chili powder can be sprinkled. Instead of cashews roasted spanish peanuts can be used.

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How to Use Turmeric to cure your cough, add flavor to your meal, and add glow to your skin!

My love for Turmeric

I grew up in India watching my mom use Turmeric for all sorts of uses. However, I don’t see it being widely used here in the US. It is a wonderful super plant that can be used as a spice and medicine. I want share not only how to use it but also where to get it.

This is what Turmeric Plant looks like in the store

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Health benefits of Turmeric

Regular use of  turmeric in a micro amount (like 1/4 of a tsp) is beneficial. Its yellow color which is full of antioxidant properties. Here are the list of benefits:

  • Ward off Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Blood Purifier
  • Skin Cleanser
  • Cough Suppressant

and… much much more.

How to Use Turmeric to Cure Your Cough

  1. Add 1/4 tsp of powder turmeric in a half cup of  warm milk
  2. Touch of salt
  3. 1 tsp of ghee.
  4. Take every night till cough is gone before bedtime (should be gone in 3-5 days)

How to Use Turmeric as a Face Mask

  1. Mix ground turmeric with besan/chick pea flour
  2. Add heavy cream in equal portions
  3. Apply to face
  4. Wash off after 15 minutes

You will get an instant glow to your skin! Brides have been using this for years in India… even widely used today!

How to Use Turmeric as a Spice

Here is a picture of powder Turmeric:

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You can use Turmeric Powder in various curries of dry legumes, beans, and different vegetables. The powder of turmeric is derived after the stem is boiled, drained, dried in the sun, cleaned, polished and then pounded into powder.

You can also enjoy Turmeric as a condiment with your meals

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Pickled Amba Haldi

Fresh roots are available in health and specialty stores. wash them and cut them into thin pieces. Amba haldi is in its white form. It is similar to ginger root.

Add lemon juice to it. Enjoy with meals in small amount.  This lemony turmeric stays in refrigerator for 6 months.

Spice Mix For Flavorful Tea

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Call me foodie or health nut my sunday morning starts with reading an article by Mark Bittman. Yes I am a huge fan of his writing about recipes. I applaud his formidable approach to different cuisine from beet salad to different kind of curries  of Indian style. Recently I came across his article about spices in New York Times article. I enjoyed those spice mix so I thought to give an idea of my tea spice mix. A cup of Tea in the morning is healthy for you.  Here is a quick cheat sheet to How To Blend perfect Spices or as you may say Masala for refreshing cup of Tea.

Chai  is the drink offered everywhere in India. No doubt it is a little bit habit-forming, but it is great way to start the day. It has antioxidant proprieties and gives relief from the common cold and allergies. Different varieties of this tea are available and the recipe below is more for black tea. I like Tetley Tea bags which are good to use and commonly available in grocery store near you. You can also find many different kinds of tea leaves in  stores. Fresh ginger and Lemon grass and/or fresh mint can give a very nice flavor and punch to the taste. This recipe will also work with soy milk.
Preparation Time: 10 Minutes

Serves: Ingredients:

1 Cup Milk
1 Cup Water
1 Pinch Tea Masala
2 Tea Bags
2 Tsp Sugar

 Directions:

  1. Mix all of the ingredients.
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. Let simmer for a few seconds.
  4. Chai is ready and tastes great with biscuits!
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Tips For Spice Blend:

1 cup dry ginger powder or sooth

1 cup black pepper

1 cup cardamom pods

1/2 cup cloves

1/2 cup cinnamon

1 Tsp nutmeg optional

Few strands of saffron

  • Tea Masala is a mix of  all the above spice together. If you want little mild spiced go easy on cloves and black pepper. Coffee/spice  grinder can be used to blend spices.
  • If you mix ingredients together you can store the mixture in a jar and use as needed.
Nutrition Facts are for 1/2 Serving.
Health Benefits of Chai Tea:
From Chai.com
Tea Leaf
Tea Leaves (Camellia sinensis)

Tea is full of healthy substances, including antioxidants, that may help prevent everything from heart disease to strokes to cancer.

Ginger Chai
Ginger (Zingiberaceae)

Ginger root is believed to strengthen and heal the digestive and respiratory system, as well as to fight off colds/flu. Removes congestion, soothes sore throats, and relieves body aches. Recent studies have shown it to be effective in preventing motion sickness as well.

Cinnamon Chai
Cinnamon (Cinnamonum Zeylanicum)

This herb is a stimulant to other herbs enabling them to work faster.

Pepper
Pepper (Piper nigrum)

Imparts an underlying warmth to the body

Cardamom
Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum)

Stimulates the mind and gives clarity

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How to Make Bajra Ki Roti (the old Fashion way)

Healthy Grains: Millet Roti

Bajka ki Roti - Final Finish

Recently when I was visiting Tampa, Florida I had a experience of watching hands on “How to Make Bajra – (Black millet) Roti old fashioned way.”

Healthy, Gluten Free, and Vegan!

Millet roti is healthy, gluten free, and vegan. Millet is easily digestible and contains many beneficial nutrients. It is packed with protein and high amounts of fiber.

I make all different kinds of rotis at my home. Usually I make whole wheat rotis (watch Video of How to Make Roti). Since all grains are healthy for you I thought this specialty Bajra Ki Roti will be interesting for my readers. It is also called pearl millet. It is naturally a gluten free grain making it more palatable for gluten intolerance.

Home maker Tarlika Patel is a great chef and has master the art of making Bajra Ki Roti. She use her hands to flatten each roti and her pan is not non-stick but a clay pan. Best part of her cooking is each roti puffs up – which is why she is so talented.

Here is a step by step recipe of how you can make Bajra Ki Roti like Tarlika.

Prep time: 5 minutes
cook time 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups bajra/pearl millet flour
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour omit wheat flour for Gluten free
  • 1 cup warm water as needed
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp clear butter or ghee or vegan spread

How to Make:

1. Take two cups of flour in a flat pan.

Mixing

2. Add wheat flour. Omit to make Gluten free.
3. Add salt.
4. Add warm water as needed to make a dough.
5. Divide dough into equal portions.

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Roti making with hands

6. She uses her hands to flatten the rotis  between her palms.
7. As you can see this is clay skillet she is using to cook the rotis.

8. Heat the clay skillet on high heat.

9. Gently place flatten roti on hot skillet or griddle.

Turn Bajka Ki Roti Upside down

Roti on a Clay Skillet

10. watch it carefully so it does not get burnt. Once coked flip it upside down.

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Roti upside down

11. Let it cook on other side.

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Puff up Millet Roti

12. Slowly it will puff up.
13. Apply clear butter or ghee or vegan spread of your choice

Serve it with onion subji and best it goes with garlic chutney.

Enjoy and Special Thanks to Tarlika  Patel for sharing this amazing healthy recipe with us!

Tips: Millet roti is easy to make for us too. All we have to do instead of hands only we can use Saran wrap to roll roti.

Non stick skillet can be used to cook roti on the stove top.

Zat pat Aloo Subji

Zat Pat Aloo is a recipe by my friend Padma Reddy. I enjoyed watching her making it. I am sure you will like it.

potato subji

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Tasty Potato Subji

Aloo aka means potato subji is very popular all over India.

Basic recipe is same with some minor variations. In Gujarati language its called Batata nu shaak

Potato subji is always favorite among children and adult alike. It goes with Khichdi, rice dishes and different kind of rotis as well.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb potatoes
  • 4 tomatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground red pepper
  • 1 Tsp each ground coriander and cumin powder each
  • 1 Tsp ginger paste
  • 1 Tbsp Yogurt optional
  • 1 Tsp Garam masala
  • 2 Tbsp fresh finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves

How to Prepare


1. Peel potatoes and immerse into the water so it does not tarnish.

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2. Cut onion as you wish into pieces.

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cut potatoes

3. Cut potatoes into cubes.

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saute onion and potatoes

4. In a wok on a medium high heat add oil of your choice. Add onions and potatoes and saute them till golden brown. It can take 5-7 minutes to to saute’ them.

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Zatpat aloo

5. Add Ginger paste and salt. Mix with spatula very well. Cover and let it cook in steam for few minutes till potatoes are little soft and tender.

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Spices

6. Add red pepper, turmeric, coriander and cumin powder and tomatoes and  mix it well. Add 1 cup of water. Cover and let it cook more.

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Aloo subji

7. Add yogurt, garam masala and few cilantro leaves. Stir, Cover.

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Batata Nu Shaak

8. Potato subji is ready for you. Enjoy it with warm tortillas or rice, its equally palatable.

Serve potatoes warm.

Tips

Yogurt and garam masala goes together. If you like mild flavor omit garam masala.

For vegan I highly recommend not to add yogurt. This potatoes dish is flavorful at any time .

Does your dish look this colorful? Let me know in your comments!

How did you make this dish? I would love to hear your recipes and happy to post it on my blog.

 

Vegan Cole Slaw

Vegan Cole slaw

cabbage,bell pepper

Vegan Cole Slaw

 RAW FOOD:  INDIAN COLE SLAW

Cabbage is one of the healthiest vegetables. It is full of vitamins and anti oxidants.

This is a simple quick recipe of cabbage you will sure to love.

Ingredients:

1/4 small head of green cabbage

1 fresh green Serrano chiles, seeded

1/4 large red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded and cut into thin strips

1 tbsp of dry peanuts crushed

2 tbsp of fresh cilantro chopped finely

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp lime juice

2 tbsp canola oil

1 tsp mustard seeds

1/4 tsp turmeric

cabbage, cilantro, bell pepper

 

 How to prepare:

1. Place the half cabbage on cutting board. Remove the core and tough rib from the cabbage.

2. Slice as thin as possible and place it in a large bowl.

3. Slice the chiles and red bell pepper into thin strips.

4. Add them into a bowl.

5. Add salt, lime juice, cilantro and ground peanuts powder.

 

6. Heat the oil in a small skillet over medium high heat. Add mustard seeds and let it pop about 30 seconds.

7. Remove the skillet from heat and add turmeric.

 

 

8. Pour the heated oil over the mixture of cabbage. It is a good idea to wipe clean the oil from skillet with little cabbage shreds.

9. Mix the cabbage evenly so it coats every shred with mustard and oil.

This Nutty, citrus flavor slaw is ideal as salad course or as an accompaniment to traditional meal.

Tips;

Carrots, red cabbage can be added at any time.

Have you tried any other way Cabbage salad , let me know in your comments!

 

How To Make Fluffy Steamed White Rice

Basmati Rice With Cilantro 

Everyday cooking at my home includes white rice without faliure.

The perfect rice is adorable at the time of dinner. It is said that expert chef can be recognised by the perfectly cooked rice.

I think i have a  simple technique to How to cook white rice like a pro.

Two Common Methods For Cooking Fluffy Rice

one is absorption method and second one is pasta method. There are different varieties of rice grain and some old grain may take little more water and more cooking time. You will come to know by practice. Trials and errors are acceptable.

Absorption method : 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup basmati rice or long grain rice
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 2 cups of water

Wash rice throughly, changing water three or four times till water is clear.  Check for stones and husk before washing.

Soaked White Rice In A Bowl

Let rice soak for 30 minutes.

Usually water to rice 2:1 ratio works well.  A heavy pot with tight lid works better so it does not scorch at bottom.

Transfer water, salt and rice together in a heavy saucepan.

Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Let the water boil uncovered for 5-7 minutes.

Boiling water with rice

Stirring occasionally let it cook for 5-7 minutes.

Asborption of water in boiling rice 

If you are in doubt check with your thumb and index finger by pressing rice kernel. You will get good idea that it will still take more time.

Now cover the pan with a tight-fitting lid and reduce the heat to very low setting.

Absorption of water in rice cooking

Let the rice steep for 5-6 minutes. Turn off the heat. Let it sit undisturbed for 15 minutes.  This is important because it is still cooking inside.

After 15 minutes uncover the pan, fluff rice with a fork , let the steam escape so it won’t over cook.

Fluff your rice with fork

You can add dash of butter or ghee to enhance the flavor.

Pasta Method:

Wash the rice throughly changing water three or four times till water runs clearly. Let it soak for 30 minutes or less is okay too.

In a heavy sauce pan fill water half way and bring to a boil. Add salt.

Add the rice to the boiling water for 5-7 minutes stirring once or twice. Let it boil till the kernels are tender. If you are in doubt check it by pressing rice kernels with your index finger and thumb. If it is not tender or cooked let it cook for couple more minutes.

Brown rice and old rice do take little more time to cook.

Drain cooked rice in colander

Immediately drain the rice into a colander just like pasta and run a cold water through it.

This way it will not over cook it.

Transfer the rice into serving plate and garnish with cilantro and ghee for nice refreshing flavor.

White rice with roasted cumin and cilantro

Tips:

How did your rice turn out? is it sticky?

While rice is boiling and it is almost done by adding few drops of lemon juice your rice will never be sticky.

Rice will look very white and fluffy.

Enjoy with Dals and healthy fresh vegetable curry!

Next I will be happy to share with you How  To Transform Your Left Over Rice In A Culinary cuisine In A ZIp!

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Fresh Baked Biscotti

 

Recently on my birthday my son  surprised me with his home made Biscotti.

To my surprise Biscotti was easy to chew and very flavorful.

I would like to pass on this simple  no fuss Italian cookie recipe to my readers.

Prep time:15 minutes

Bake time:30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup whole almonds un bleached
  • 3/4 cup finely ground almonds un bleached
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract

Preparation:

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.

1. In a medium size bowl, mix together  flour, sugar, whole almonds, finely ground almonds, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.

2. In a separate bowl, blend together the honey, water and extract, then add to dry ingredients and mix well till well blended.

3. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface. Divide the dough in half and make a log almost oblong in shape.

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Oblong Shape dough

4. Place log into parchment paper and bake 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes.

5. place log on cutting board and cut diagonally  into 1/2 inch slices.

6. Place slices on baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes .

7. Let it cool and serve.

Biscotti stays fresh up to two weeks.

 

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Home made Biscotti

Easy Eggless cheesecake

 

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Me and my family love cheesecake but it is impossible to find one without the eggs in the super market. So I created a eggless cheesecake for me and my family to enjoy!

Prep time : 20 minutes
Bake time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 ready-made graham crust 10″ inch
  • 24  oz softened cream cheese
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  • 1 Tbsp corn starch + 3 Tbsp water blended
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla essencephoto 2
  • Fresh lemon zest

For Layering:

  • 5 Tbsp sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp sugar mixed
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Mix till smooth

To garnish:

  • 1 Tsp corn starch
  • 1 Tbsp orange Juice
  • 1 Tsp sugar
  • 3 Tbsp of water
  • 1 Pint Fresh strawberries washed and cut lengthwise
  • and/or choice of berries

How to prepare:

1. Heat the oven to 350 Degrees.
2. Mix the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla essence and lemon zest with mixer till it is well blended.
3. Pour mixture into crust.
4.  Bake the cheesecake in a water bath to keep the oven moisture high and the heat cautiously. Make sure you don’t overhear the cheesecake otherwise it will burn.  (A water bath is using a larger pan containing water in which to place the smaller cheesecake baking pan.) 
5. Cover the cheese cake with foil.
6. Bake for 45 minutes. Let it cool for 4 hours or overnight.

Make a water Bath

Make a water Bath

For Toppings:         

1. Mix sour cream with sugar evenly.
2. Apply a layer of sour cream on cool cheese cake evenly with flat spatula.

ready from Oven without cracks

ready from Oven without cracks

 

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Apply Layer of Sour cream and Sugar

To Garnish:

1. On low heat add corn starch, orange juice, sugar  and water in a small pan.
2. Whisk till it is translucent or clear. Let it cool.
3. Fold fresh  strawberries or berries of your own choice.
4. Garnish the design you like. Spread it as you wish.

Enjoy !

 

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Cut Strawberries

 

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Liquid to Fold Into Strawberries

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Arrange Strawberries

Tips: 

For the healthy eating cream cheese can be substitute for Ricotta cheese. Sometimes i tries to add lingo berries preserves for variations.

I understand that you are a good cook if your cheesecake does not crack. Let me know how it turned out in your comments!

Making Cheesecake eggless

Making Cheesecake eggless

Refreshing Watermelon Smoothie

ahhhhh cool watermelon smoothie

Water melon smoothie is a quick way of refreshing and replenishing fluid in body. It is simple and quick. Me and my grand daughter’s favorite!!!!!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cup cubed water melon seeded
  • 1 cup red grapes
  • 5 fresh strawberries
  • pinch of salt  and pepper
  • ice

How to make:

Mix everything together and blend in a blender . I prefer to use heavy duty blender, it does job well.  I rely on my VITA MIX blender which process fruit skins, seeds very finely so nutrition are at peak level.

Tips:
I do use different fruits such as blueberries, apples, pear is also one of my choice. What is your favorite let me know in your comments.